Tuesday, March 20, 2012

News at Eleven: Yes, sometimes there was sexual imagery

or maddening metaphor that might have caused Shelley to blush, or Wordsworth to disclaim, or the prophets to ask, where was God in all this?

Yet Irving [Layton]--teaching us in the mid-'50s, writing in the shadow of the Holocaust and the rebirth of the state of Israel--was alive always to the vulnerability of the powerless and the powerlessness of the vulnerable. He became the voice of the voiceless; and it was a voice profoundly Jewish--though not religious, and unwaveringly universalistic in its message.

from The Gazette: Irving Layton: teacher and friend


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